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  •  The key is whether (2+ / 0-)
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    volleyboy1, Assaf

    this does anything to reset the national agenda.

    I don't want to be a Debbie Downer about this, but revitalizing Labor with someone who says nice things about the settlements may not reset the national agenda, and the fact that the polling numbers don't yet suggest otherwise should not necessarily be ignored.

    Anyway, here's J.J. Goldberg's mixed review of her.

    •  Read about her a bit. She's a real fighter. (1+ / 0-)
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      volleyboy1

      She has deliberately - and openly - focused on domestic issues. Many had ridiculed her for that.

      But once these very same issues brought half a million Israelis to the streets, she has been vindicated.

      She's not the one who reset the national agenda. The street did that. But she has anticipated it, and had advocated for it independently.

      Now she can shaft the other major parties in the campaign; they have absolutely nothing to sell to the public on domestic issues. All the while, she can keep the cards close to her chest on Palestinian issues. Which she probably will.

      And btw, no, she didn't "say nice things about settlements." In fact I hated what she said about settlements in her latest interview.

    •  Haaretz on Sep. 2 had an op-ed of rightist praise (0+ / 0-)

      "The campaign against Yachimovich
      "Yachimovich deserves support from her ideological opponents as well as from people in her camp."
      by Amiel Ungar
      Ungar
      A taste:  Yachimovich, unlike Sternhell, has no patience for those who lament an occupation that the Palestinians have perpetuated by refusing to agree to any terms that would legitimate a Jewish Israel, or who obsess on Palestinian suffering when the Palestinians harbor plans for our extinction.

      Lacking patience is not a credential for anything except destructiveness.

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